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Google now lets anyone contribute to Street View using AR and an app

Google now lets anyone contribute to Street View using AR and an app An update to Google’s Street View app on Android will now let anyone contribute their photos to help enhance Google Maps, the company announced this morning. Using a “connected photos” tool in the new version of the Street View […]

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Google Maps takes on Facebook with launch of its own news feed

Google Maps takes on Facebook with launch of its own news feed People are getting frustrated that Stories are everywhere now, but Google Maps is keeping it old school. Instead of adding tiny circles to the top of the app’s screen, Google Maps is introducing its own news feed. Technically, Google calls […]

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This Week in Apps: Quibi dies, Snapchat soars, Halide upgrades for iPhone 12

This Week in Apps: Quibi dies, Snapchat soars, Halide upgrades for iPhone 12 Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the TechCrunch series that recaps the latest OS news, the applications they support and the money that flows through it all. The app industry is as hot as ever, with a record 204 billion downloads and […]

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Parental control app Boomerang repeatedly blocked from Play Store, losing business

Parental control app Boomerang repeatedly blocked from Play Store, losing business Apple isn’t the only one accused of kicking out competitive solutions from its App Store. Google did the same — for over a month at least — or so alleges parental control app maker Boomerang. The company’s product competes with Google’s […]

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Google Play Pass expands outside the U.S., adds more titles and annual pricing

Google Play Pass expands outside the U.S., adds more titles and annual pricing Google Play Pass, the Android alternative to subscription-based game store Apple Arcade, is expanding. Launched in September 2019 with over 350 apps and games, Play Pass today announced it’s added 150 new titles, including Sonic the Hedgehog, Golf Peaks, […]

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This Week in Apps: Facebook launches trio of app experiments, TikTok gets spammed, plus coronavirus impacts on app economy

This Week in Apps: Facebook launches trio of app experiments, TikTok gets spammed, plus coronavirus impacts on app economy Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the Extra Crunch series that recaps the latest OS news, the applications they support and the money that flows through it all. The app industry is as hot […]

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New Google Play policies to cut down on ‘fleeceware,’ deepfakes, and unnecessary location tracking

New Google Play policies to cut down on ‘fleeceware,’ deepfakes, and unnecessary location tracking Google is today announcing a series of policy changes aimed at eliminating untrustworthy apps from its Android app marketplace, the Google Play store. The changes are meant to give users more control over how their data is used, […]

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VSCO’s new editing tool Montage lets you edit and layer both photos and video

VSCO’s new editing tool Montage lets you edit and layer both photos and video VSCO, a popular photo editing app (and Gen Z meme), is continuing to shift its focus to video. Last month, the company finally gave its creators the ability to publish their video edits to the VSCO feed alongside […]

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Top 10 U.S. astrology apps drew in $40M in 2019, up 65% from 2018

Top 10 U.S. astrology apps drew in M in 2019, up 65% from 2018 In uncertain times, people go looking for answers in unusual places. And in 2019, many U.S. consumers found their answers in the stars — or, more specifically, in a group of increasingly popular astrology apps offering horoscopes, fortunes, […]

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This Week in Apps: Coronavirus impacts app stores, Facebook sues mobile SDK maker, Apple kicks out a cloud gaming app

This Week in Apps: Coronavirus impacts app stores, Facebook sues mobile SDK maker, Apple kicks out a cloud gaming app Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the Extra Crunch series that recaps the latest OS news, the applications they support and the money that flows through it all. The app industry is as […]

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